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Pork with Cider Pan Sauce

Real Simple OCTOBER 2005

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time: 25 Minutes


  • 1 10-ounce box couscous
  • 3/4 cup chopped, pitted prunes
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 1- to 1 1/4-inch-thick boneless pork loin chops
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


Heat oven to 400° F.

Cook the couscous according to the package directions.

In a small saucepan, bring the prunes, cider, vinegar, and thyme to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced by half, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the pork with the salt and pepper. Sear the pork, turning once, until browned but not cooked through, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to an oven-safe baking dish, place in oven, and roast until no trace of pink remains, about 10 minutes.

Return skillet to medium-low heat, add the onion, and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the cider mixture and simmer for 2 minutes more. Spoon the pan sauce over the pork and serve with the couscous.

Tip: To prevent prunes and other sticky foods from clinging to your knife as you chop, moisten a paper towel with vegetable oil and wipe the blade frequently with it.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 75.21mg
  • Calories: 700.17
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Carbohydrate: 94.85g
  • Cholesterol: 90.01mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Fiber: 6.38g
  • Iron: 3.01mg
  • Protein: 37.35mg
  • Saturated fat: 6.02g
  • Sodium: 238.71mg

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Pork with Cider Pan Sauce Recipe